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Pulau Beras Basah or literally Wet Rice Island in English is one of the islands within the group of 104 islands that made up Langkawi Island, an island famously known as a tourist destination and its duty-free goods. Based on a local legend, the island gets its name when a boat fully loaded with rice gets stranded on its shores due to a furious spirit releasing storm at sea. It is located on the western part of the island and took only 20 minutes of travel by boat from the main jetty in Kuah town. This island has been a safe place for fishermen to get sheltered when the ocean tides are high as they went fishing.
Considering the landscape of the island which is surrounded by hills, it is a perfect spot to protect them from the fierce wind. Its beaches are white with fine sand decorating the place, nonetheless the presence of jellyfish is enough a warrant for the people who dream to take a stroll – just be careful and remain vigilant while sunbathing. The highlight though, is that there are parachuting services provided, which enables visitors to have a good view of the island from the higher side. Usually visitors will come here as a part of the island hopping package which is provided by the travel agencies.
From Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you can take flights such as Malaysia Airlines or Air Asia to Langkawi International Airport in the island. From there onwards, you can make your way via taxi or rent a car to the Cenang Beach and hop on to the readily available high speed boats that are more than willing to take you there.
Besides flight, you can also ride a train from KL Sentral and drop by Alor Setar train station and similarly get a taxi or bus to reach the Kuala Kedah jetty or Kuala Perlis jetty – both equally provide access to the island.
Another option is to go directly by bus. From the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS), you can board the Etika Express or Sri Maju Express line directly to the Shahab Perdana bus terminal in Alor Star and take the direct bus to the jetties from there.
Pulau Dayang Bunting or literally Pregnant Maiden Island in English is the biggest island after Langkawi. It takes 17.6 kilometres or 15 minutes worth of journey from the Kuah jetty to reach the island. The island is named such because from a glance, it looked like a maiden named Mambang Sari who got cheated by a lad named Mat Teja till she got pregnant with his child. Among the major attraction point here is the Tasik Dayang Bunting or literally Pregnant Maiden Lake, a massive freshwater lake with the size as big as three football fields. Due to the size, a separate jetty is built only for this lake with gift shops and kayaking services provided. One is advised to swim here with a safety jacket – never go dive recklessly since the lake is quite deep, around ten metres in approximate. Fun fact about the lake – according to the legends, a barren women who bathed in this lake will be blessed with a child.
Langkawi Underwater World is a huge aquarium which spans about six acres. Located within the proximity of the Cenang Beach, the aquarium is one of the biggest in the country with 200 species of freshwater fish and marine life being housed here, including the Amazonian Araipama, the biggest freshwater fish in the world as well as rockhopper penguins. Upon entering, visitors shall find that the place is divided into three separate sections – Tropical Rainforest, Temperate and Sub-Artantic. There are also an Educational Research Centre, cafeteria and three-dimensional theatre – the staple show is about a little prehistoric fish and his life before turning into a fossil.